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The 10 Best Microwaves - July 2017

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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every microwave on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 1,200 microwaves, 3,500 reviews and 8,310 prices. Last updated 21 July 2017.

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#1
MW3500

Samsung MW3500

A good value for money 800 Watt microwave
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
82
Excellent
Features
30
Missing Some Features
Age
88
3 Months Old
Running Costs
0
£343 / 10 Years
Overall Score
56
Average
800W
White
Countertop
Microwave Power
Colour of Products
Case Design
May 2017
Release Date
  • £169.99
    Save £10.99 (6%)
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#1
NN-CF853WBPQ

Panasonic NN‑CF853WBPQ

1,000 Watt microwave
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
12
Mediocre
Features
46
Average Features
Age
60
2 Years Old
Running Costs
0
£429 / 10 Years
Overall Score
38
Mediocre
1,000W
White
Countertop
Microwave Power
Colour of Products
Case Design
Jun 2015
Release Date
#2
MGB25333

Beko MGB25333

A recently released 900 Watt microwave
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
28
Mediocre
Features
34
Missing Some Features
Age
91
1 Month Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
44
Mediocre
900W
Black
Free­standing
Microwave Power
Colour of Products
Case Design
Jun 2017
Release Date
  • £266.00
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  • More shops: 3
  • £399.99 Currys
#2
HGP-1770MS

Haier HGP‑1770MS

A good value for money 700 Watt microwave
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
87
Excellent
Features
7
Missing Some Features
Age
61
2 Years Old
Running Costs
0
£300 / 10 Years
Overall Score
47
Mediocre
700W
White
Countertop
Microwave Power
Colour of Products
Case Design
Jun 2015
Release Date
#3
FG87SUST

Samsung FG87SUST

A fully featured 800 Watt microwave
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
13
Mediocre
Features
59
Average Features
Age
67
2 Years Old
Running Costs
0
£343 / 10 Years
Overall Score
42
Mediocre
800W
Black
Built-in
Microwave Power
Colour of Products
Case Design
Dec 2015
Release Date
#4
KOG-6L67

Daewoo KOG‑6L67

A fully featured 1,100 Watt microwave
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
1
Mediocre
Features
52
Average Features
Age
75
1 Year Old
Running Costs
0
£472 / 10 Years
Overall Score
39
Mediocre
1,100W
White
Countertop
Microwave Power
Colour of Products
Case Design
Jun 2016
Release Date
  • £98.93
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#5
MH7265CPS

LG MH7265CPS

1,350W
Black
Countertop
Microwave Power
Colour of Products
Case Design
Nov 2016
Release Date
  • £275.10
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#6
RHMM701

Russell Hobbs RHMM701

A very popular and great value for money 700 Watt microwave
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
91
Excellent
Features
6
Missing Some Features
Age
62
2 Years Old
Running Costs
0
£300 / 10 Years
Overall Score
48
Mediocre
700W
Black
Free­standing
Microwave Power
Colour of Products
Case Design
Jul 2015
Release Date
#7
RHM2094SS

Russell Hobbs RHM2094SS

A good value for money 800 Watt microwave
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
83
Excellent
Features
25
Missing Some Features
Age
62
2 Years Old
Running Costs
0
£343 / 10 Years
Overall Score
51
Average
800W
Stainless Steel
Free­standing
Microwave Power
Colour of Products
Case Design
Jul 2015
Release Date
#8
RHRETMD706

Russell Hobbs RHRETMD706

A great value for money 700 Watt microwave
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
92
Excellent
Features
22
Missing Some Features
Age
62
2 Years Old
Running Costs
0
£300 / 10 Years
Overall Score
53
Average
700W
Red
Free­standing
Microwave Power
Colour of Products
Case Design
Jul 2015
Release Date

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Microwave Brands

Find out how microwave brands compare. The average rating for each brand is based on the rating of all of their microwaves. Click on a link to compare all microwaves made by your favourite brand.

Logo Brand Number of Microwaves Price Range Average Rating
Russell Hobbs logo Russell Hobbs Microwaves 31 £45 - £130 86%
Samsung logo Samsung Microwaves 29 £70 - £499 84%
Bosch logo Bosch Microwaves 27 £109 - £1,346
Panasonic logo Panasonic Microwaves 22 £49 - £396 89%
Sharp logo Sharp Microwaves 22 £41 - £353 86%
Daewoo logo Daewoo Microwaves 21 £47 - £99
Other brands Other Microwave Brands 165 £40 - £1,160

Microwave Buying Guide

Capacity

A microwave is a necessity of any modern kitchen. It is a versatile tool that can be used for far more than just reheating leftovers - it can be used for all manner of cooking, from poaching salmon to baking potatoes.

Microwaves come in all different shores and sizes, and are primarily differentiated by their capacity. The bigger the capacity of your microwave, the larger the food you can cook in it. Some microwaves just fit single plates or bowls, while other models are large enough to fit an entire chicken or soup pot in.

Power Levels/Cooking Programs

Microwaves are all given a power level, rated in Watts. The higher the power level, the faster your food will be cooked. Most modern microwaves come with a range of power levels, allowing you great flexibility when preparing your food. They also come with specific setting for warming, reheating or defrosting food - extremely useful in speeding up cooking times, or reheating food previously cooked. Defrosting is an especially useful setting, meaning that joints of meat and frozen food can be brought up to room temperature in a matter of minutes.

Many microwaves now have a selection of automatic cooking functions as well. These allow you to input a type of food to cook (potatoes, chicken, soups, etc) and a weight, and the microwave will automatically calculate the power level and time needed to cook it perfectly. Conveniences like this can make preparing dinner hassle-free, and remove the guesswork and constant checking to see if your food is ready.

This automatic cooking function can also extend to defrosting and reheating leftovers, making the microwave an invaluable tool for easy food heating and prep. Some advanced models of microwave also offer a 'power defrost' setting, which can defrost frozen meat far quickly than usual defrost programs. However because this defrost cycle is far more powerful, care has to be given to make sure that you don't accidentally part cook the food while it's being defrosted.

Oven & Grill Functions

Some microwaves have the ability to function as ovens and grills in addition to standard microwave cooking. Microwaves that have an added grill function combine the normal microwave cooking with a heated element either on the top or the sides of the machine - this allows it to function similar to a standard grill. Microwave ovens, on the other hand, can cook and roast food exactly like a convection oven. Whichever model you pick, these types of microwaves greatly increase the types of food you can cook, and turn your microwave into the central cooking tool in your kitchen - you can roast fish and beef, roast vegetables and grill cheese toasties!

Steam Functions

More advanced models of microwave may also have a steamer function. As the name suggests, a steamer addition to the microwave uses boiling water to generate bursts of hot steam inside the microwave. This is a great method of delicately cooking vegetables so they retain the maximum amount of nutrients, and can also be used for cooking fish, dumplings, or Chinese-style pancakes for roast duck. While normally only found in the most high-level and expensive microwaves, it allows the appliance to become even more versatile as a cooking tool, and therefore may well be worth the extra expense.

Extra Features

Finally, some microwaves comes with a collection of extra features, to make cooking easier or more convenient. These can include recipe books detailing how to cook different types of food, baking trays designed to fit comfortably into the machine, or racks to allow multiple dishes to be cooked at once. Some microwave ovens even include a rotisserie spit, allowing you to cook spit-roasted chicken or pork.

Microwave Retailers, Prices and Features

Microwave Prices

The price range of microwaves is from £0 to £1,410 and in total we found prices for 439 microwaves. A new microwave costs on average £158 and 80% of microwaves are priced between £0 and £399. The Samsung MG28F303TJS is the cheapest microwave at only £0, and Bosch CNG6764S6 is the most expensive at £1,410.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

De Dietrich microwaves start at £840 and the most expensive De Dietrich microwave costs £1,200. The average price of De Dietrich microwaves is £1,020 which is the highest average price of all microwave brands.

Fisher & Paykel microwaves start at £849 and the most expensive Fisher & Paykel microwave costs £849. The average price of Fisher & Paykel microwaves is £849 which is the second highest average price of all microwave brands.

The %8highest average microwave price out of all brands is Rangemaster microwaves with an average price of £575. Rangemaster microwaves start at £575 and the most expensive Rangemaster microwave costs £575.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 1 expert reviews and 4,464 user reviews for microwaves and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of microwave. The top three microwave brands are Belling, Samsung and LG. Belling has an average rating of 91%, Samsung has an average rating of 87% and LG has an average rating of 85%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

The biggest microwave retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 241 current microwave offers from eBay. The second biggest microwave retailer is Currys with 210 offers. That means eBay is slightly bigger than Currys when it comes to microwaves. ao is the third biggest retailer with 135 current offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

May to July is the most common period for new microwaves to be released in. That means that most of the latest microwave technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. Last year most new microwaves were released in May, with 49 new microwaves released that month. In July 2015 129 new microwaves were released making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases. The biggest month in 2014 for new microwave releases was February, with 269 new microwaves released that month.

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

New microwaves drop in price by an average of 15% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £22 on a typical £154 new microwave by waiting 6 months before buying.

Microwave Powers

The power of the microwave oven to cook food. The higher the power, the quicker the food is cooked. Commonly measured in watts (W).

Comparing all microwaves, the microwave powers range from 500W to 2,800W. The microwave powers of the majority of microwaves range from 700W to 810W. The microwave with the biggest microwave power is the HotpointMP 676 IX H, which is a 2,800W microwave power microwave and currently retails for £250.00. The HotpointMP 676 IX H, which sells for £0.00, has the smallest microwave power and is a 500W microwave power microwave.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

We found 241 current offers for microwaves from eBay making it the biggest microwave retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Currys for whom we found 210 current offers for microwaves. The third biggest retailer is ao with 135 current microwave offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Microwaves?

With the cheapest price on 112 microwaves, eBay is most frequently the cheapest microwave retailer.

Proportion of Microwaves for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest microwave prices (found to be cheapest for 46.5% of its microwaves).

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